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Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower (Video)

Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower is a side dish that the entire family will love, and this tasty cauliflower side dish is also Keto, low-glycemic, and gluten-free. Use Cauliflower Recipes to find more recipes like this one!

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Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower found on KalynsKitchen.com

This post starts with an exciting announcement, although it’s definitely a nervous excitement. Twelve years ago I started blogging here on a low-tech blogging platform called Blogger, never imagining what the site would turn into. I was pretty low-tech myself, so the simplicity of it suited me well. Then a few years into what had turned into a blogging career I hired the fabulous Jennette, who managed to make my Blogger site pretty great within the limitations of that platform.

Through the years I watched my friends who were on Blogger move to WordPress, but by then my site had so many posts that I was scared to move. But it gave me courage when my friend Gina successfully moved to WordPress about a year ago, and I loved her new site. So I made a decision and in my Welcome 2017 post, I talked about wanting my site to work for all types of carb-conscious eating, and mentioned changes I was making. And then I waited a long time for the talented folks at Purr Design to get to me on the long list of bloggers wanting to work with them.

In the meantime, blogging and everything web-based kept getting much more complex. Google controls the web, and they now require special back-end recipe coding and a secure connection to send search engine traffic. I couldn’t do those things on the current site, so I really couldn’t wait any longer, even if I was nervous about it.

So today I’m sharing Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower, and then I won’t be posting for about a week while we move all the content here to the new WordPress site. The new site will be beautiful, and I hope long-time readers will take a look at the desktop version when it’s up, which is where the impressive new features will be most noticeable. But I know that after it’s moved there will be lots of editing to get things looking perfect again. I hope people will be patient as we iron out the kinks. And everyone repeat after me: CHANGE IS GOOD! Now let’s make some Low-Carb Twice Baked Cauliflower!

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How to Make Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Cut up the cauliflower and cook in boiling salted water until it’s barely soft, then drain well.
  2. Mash the cauliflower, leaving some chunks. (I mashed it a few times in the colander and then transferred to the pan I cooked it in and mashed a bit more.)
  3. Cook the bacon until it’s very crisp; then crumble bacon, slice green onions, cut cream cheese into cubes, measure sour cream, and measure Parmesan.
  4. Combine mashed cauliflower, cream cheese, sour cream, green onion, Parmesan, and 3/4 of the crumbled bacon.
  5. Put the mixture into a glass casserole dish (with a lid) that you’ve sprayed with olive oil or non-stick spray, and top with sharp cheddar and the rest of the bacon.
  6. Bake with the lid on at 350F/180C until the mixture is bubbling and all the cheese has melted, about 30-35 minutes total. (I take the lid off for the last 10 minutes or so to brown the top a little.)
  7. Serve hot, and totally expect that even cauliflower-avoiders are going to go crazy over this.

Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower
And as I am typing up this post I’m eating my last container of leftovers and I’m already planning to make it again soon!

More Tasty Low-Carb Cauliflower Recipes:

Instant Pot Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Soup ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Cauliflower Deep Dish Pizza ~ Sugar Free Mom
Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Cauliflower Rice Mushroom Risotto ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Fried Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Baked Cauliflower Casserole with Goat Cheese ~ Cookin’ Canuck

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Twice Baked Cauliflower

Low-Carb Twice Baked Cauliflower

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup green onions, minced
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (or more)
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked until very crisp, fat blotted with paper towel and then crumbled
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
  2. Spray a glass casserole dish with olive oil or non-stick spray.
  3. Cut out stem and core from cauliflower, and cut into small pieces.
  4. Cook in large pot of boiling salted water until cauliflower is tender, but not overly soft.
  5. Drain well and mash with potato masher, leaving some chunks.
  6. While cauliflower is cooking, cook the bacon and crumble, slice green onions, cube the cream cheese, measure sour cream, and measure Parmesan.
  7. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, green onion, Parmesan, and 3/4 of the crumbled bacon into the drained cauliflower.
  8. Spread evenly in a 1.5 Quart Glass Casserole Dish.
  9. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and reserved bacon.
  10. Bake 20-25 minutes covered, or until hot and bubbly.
  11. Remove the lid and bake about 10 minutes more, or until the cheese is slightly browned. Serve hot.


This reheats very well and can be frozen and thawed in the fridge, then reheated.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 12gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 468mgCarbohydrates: 6.4gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Cauliflower is very low in carbs, and this should be a good dish for most any low-carb eating plans, including Keto. For the South Beach Diet it’s probably a once-in-a-while treat due to the amount of saturated fat, although you can make a more South Beach friendly version with light cream cheese, light sour cream, low-fat cheese, and even turkey bacon if you prefer, and it will still be delicious.

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    314 Comments on “Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower (Video)”

  1. The only thing I've ever made with cauliflower, outside of serving as crudites or steamed, are the "mock" mashed potatoes. And as Lost Between the Spaces above said, not so good. This looks like a good flavorful combo to try.

  2. Kat, hope you have fun trying it. I can't say enough good things about this recipe.

    LBtS, hope you enjoy it! This is definitely a touch above some of the other cauliflower recipes I've tried!

  3. I love cauliflower, but dislike most of the recipes I find, especially those for "mock" mashed potatoes. They just don't appeal to me. However, this recipe looks great, and I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you – I will be trying this one very soon – and then maybe for the holidays. I'm always trying to find different things for my parents visits

  5. Donna, I'm pretty sure this is my favorite cauliflower recipe!

    Zesty, thanks so much. I do think most kids would gobble this up.

  6. Yum! I love your healthier spins on traditional dishes. I bet I could fool the kids with this into thinking it's mashed or twice-baked potatoes 😉

  7. This just might be the most delicious incarnation of cauliflower I have ever seen. Who doesn't love twice-baked anything???


  8. Great side dish. I think I could eat this as my main meal though:)

  9. Great idea! I love hearing how other people adapt the recipes, thanks for sharing!

  10. I substitute the cream cheese with Chipotle Laughing Cow – delish!

  11. Nicole, so glad you enjoyed it. I really like the idea of using a smoky cheese.

  12. I've made this twice now and enjoyed it both times. I omitted the butter, and instead of bacon used Morningstar farms veggie bacon. Next time, I think I can omit the bacon completely as I use Trader Joe's shredded smoked cheese blend. I also eat it as the main course with something green on the side. Great comfort food for Phase 2 of South Beach, especially now that the weather is cold. Thanks Kalyn!

  13. Erica, I prefer the coarser texture mashed with a potato masher; I think the food processor would turn this into a puree.

  14. Kalyn, this looks amazing!! Can you use the food processor to puree the cauliflower, or is it better mashed with the potato masher?

  15. Ana*Maria, I just use a bag of frozen cauliflower and it makes an 8×8 pan.

  16. I used 2% greek yogurt instead of sour cream and french onion flavored Laughing Cow light instead of cream cheese because that's what I had on hand. It turned out great!

    I also used a 2 pound cauliflower (the largest in the store) and it didn't seem like enough after the stalk was discarded. Does anyone know what weight I should use next time?

  17. DeAnn, you're welcome! Hope you like this recipe, it's one of my favorites.

  18. Ah, okay, that makes sense. I didn't even think to check the sugar because I already had the FF in the fridge. When we run out I'll definitely check that out!

    Thanks for all your great recipes. You're making this life change to better eating sooooo much easier to handle!

  19. I haven't made it with FF sour cream, so I can't say for sure how it would work, but I'm guessing it would be okay. My suggestion to not use fat free is because fat free sour cream usually contains much more sugar than either light or regular sour cream. Since I'm trying to avoid sugar, I prefer light sour cream.

  20. Hi, why only low-fat and not fat-free? I don't normally buy anything but FF sour cream and hate to buy different for one recipe unless it just flat won't work with the FF.